Tekken 8: Everything we know – Release date, trailers, character roster & more
Tekken 8 finally has a release date locked in as we get closer and closer to launch. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming game including trailers, the character roster, release date and more.
Tekken 8 will be the latest entry in the long-running fighting game franchise. A teaser trailer from EVO 2022 gave us a quick look at Kazuya Mishima, but nothing else.
The September 13 Sony State of Play event gave us a greater insight into the game and what to expect though. We were treated to a fight between Jin and his villainous father, Kazuya Mishima, showing off what the game could look like in real-time.
With the anticipation building for the next release in the franchise, here’s everything we know so far about Tekken 8.
- Is there a release date for Tekken 8?
- Tekken 8: Platforms
- Tekken 8: Character roster
- Tekken 8: Trailers
- Tekken 8: Closed Network Test
The release date for Tekken 8 was long speculated, with various leaks and comments from Bandai Namco leaving fans wanting something official.
The official release date was announced at a Gamescom presentation and has now been locked in for January 26, 2024.
Tekken 8: Platforms
It has been confirmed that Tekken 8 will release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The trailer at Gamescome that showed its release date has also confirmed
Tekken 8’s roster is mostly made up of returning characters to the series. Between series mainstays like the brothers Mishima, King, and Paul to more recent additions like Claudio, the star-studded cast brings the very best the series has to offer.
Additionally, the very first series newcomer announced for Tekken 8, Azucena, was paired with returning favorite Raven in a dual announcement during EVO 2023.
You can find the full list of 26 confirmed fighters on our full roster hub. It’s been confirmed that there will be 32 fighters in the final game, so that means we’ve got 6 more fighters to look forward to ahead of release.
Our first peek at Tekken 8 was from the teaser trailer at EVO 2022. It was a brief teaser that harkened back to days of old with footage from the very first Tekken game.
Since this is a clip taken from the teaser’s showing at EVO, you can hear the crowd erupt after seeing this new and improved Kazuya that’s a clear step up from his Tekken 7 character model.
A little over a month after this Tekken teaser, we would get a full trailer for the next Tekken game that confirmed it to be the next big entry in the series.
This trailer is real-time 60 FPS footage, meaning it isn’t pre-rendered like many game trailers. The final version, however, is subject to change.
We got to see the father and son rivals duke it out with some very familiar game mechanics in play. Electric attacks and slow-motion finishes were shown in the trailer.
As for the story, on December 9, 2022, Tekken 8 released a teaser trailer showcasing the narrative of the game, alongside some flashy gameplay animations and combos.
Then came the Tekken 8 keynote. Legendary Tekken developer Harada sat alongside Kohei Ikeda as the two introduced brand-new gameplay mechanics coming to Tekken 8.
These included things like the brand new Heat System and all the moves that have come along with its implementation, a revised Rage system, Guard damage, and other quality-of-life improvements that set Tekken 8 apart from its predecessors.
Additionally, Tekken 8 had a full story mode and multiplayer arcade features revealed in a trailer at Gamescom. This trailer also revealed a great deal of new characters for the roster and a release date of January 26, 2024.
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